Dachser shuffles top management with new CEO

The company has named Burkhard Eling as new CEO and promoted two long-standing managers to the executive board.


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Burkhard Eling takes up role of CEO at DACHSER Burkhard Eling, Dacher’s new CEO

Dachser is shaking up its board with a new generation of C-suite executives to lead its operations at the start of the new year. The company recently named Burkhard Eling as new CEO effective 1 January.

Eling (49), who now leads corporate strategy, human resources, and marketing, will now be the spokesperson of the executive board. He succeeds Bernhard Simon, who will take over as chairman of the family-owned company’s supervisory board in mid-2021.

As part of the management shake-up, Dachser has also promoted two veteran managers to join Eling on the executive board. Stefan Hohm (48), who has been with Dachser for 27 years, will head the newly created unit for IT & development as chief development officer (CDO).

Meanwhile, Alexander Tonn (47), who has been with the company for 20 years, will be the new COO for road logistics, taking over the former duties of Michael Schilling, who will join Simon on the supervisory board.

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Completing the five-man team of the executive board are Robert Erni (54) and Edoardo Podestà (58). Erni, who joined Dachser in September last year after being poached from Panalpina, will now take on the role left by Eling as CFO. Hong Kong-based Podestà, meanwhile, will continue to be the COO for air & sea logistics after the joining the division in 2014.

Dachser executive board From left to right: Robert Erni (CFO), Alexander Tonn (COO Road Logistics), Burkhard Eling (CEO), Edoardo Podestà (COO Air & Sea Logistics) and Stefan Hohm (CDO)

No changes have been made to Dachser’s air and sea freight business, the company noted.

“My fellow board members and I are taking over an extremely robust and fast-growing company that even the challenges of the coronavirus crisis haven’t managed to throw off course,” said Burkhard Eling, CEO of Dachser.

“With the trust and support of the founding family, we as an Executive Board team, will preserve the unique, people-oriented culture of Dachser as a family-owned company.

“At the same time, we will continue to develop the company with sound judgment and agility on its way to becoming the world’s most integrated logistics provider,” Eling continued.



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